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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local un...

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Tahoe Tidbits: Skiing, eating and music beckon visitors

North Shore

Imagine schussing down the steepest slopes at Northstar this winter with the sunlight twinkling on the snow. With the Hit the Slopes Package offered by the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, it could happen.

The package includes a deluxe or mountain guestroom, two three-day adult or child’s ski lift tickets at Northstar – with ski valet – for $529 per night. The special runs through April 20 and requires a four-night consecutive stay.

The hotel brings more to the winter party with its new Backyard Bar and BBQ, located on the back patio, when skiers hop off the gondola.

Daily 4-6 p.m. après-ski specials include veggie, cheese or barbecue wood-fired oven-baked pizzas; six-beer buckets for $20; and half-priced flatbreads. Enjoy hearty half- or full-rack smoked ribs, beef-brisket sandwiches or a smattering of sides like smoked pork beans, and a selection of desserts. Items range from $15 to $25.

Guests can order local craft beers or “saloon-inspired” cocktails, according to hotel spokeswoman Robin Penning.

The 170-room AAA Five-Diamond hotel features the Highlands Spa, which includes a fitness center and treatments centered on water and woods.

Café Blue offers organic Blue Bottle Coffee, and the Manzanita Restaurant serves California cuisine with organic, locally grown meats. For $75 per person, parties of eight can sit at the chef’s table next to the exposition kitchen for a culinary education from the chef de cuisine.

Another popular event occurs nightly outside at the fire pit, where a “marshmologist” teaches The Art of the S’more.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is located at 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee.

For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com/LakeTahoe.

South Shore

There’s more to Tahoe than skiing.

Starship starring Mickey Thomas, the band derived from Jefferson Airplane, rocks into the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The band promises to play its biggest hits, including “We Built This City,” “Nothing’s Going to Stop Us” and “Sara.” Thomas also provided lead vocals on the Elvin Bishop Band’s 1976 smash “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”

Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner, also a founding member of the Airplane, left the band in 1984, suing for rights to the group’s name. He objected to the more commercial direction the group was headed. After the suit was settled in 1985, the band’s name eventually became Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is located at 15 Highway 50, Stateline, Nev.

For tickets – $46.20 with fees – visit ticketmaster.com.

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